La Villa Real Macabeo 20
La Mancha is the largest wine-producing region in Spain, and it's hard to beat the region when it comes to the price-quality ratio. Somms and wine critics have long ignored the desolate, dry landscape of this immense plateau, and the winepress has only recently paid serious attention. Fortunately, that's all changed, and we now see a steady stream of wines from La Mancha coming to the States.
The Bodegas La Remediadora Cooperative was established in 1946 in the town of La Roda, located southeast of Castilla La Mancha. The co-op has grown its vineyard holdings to more than 1700 hectares from its modest beginnings, and they continue to add more each year.
The co-op's original focus was primarily on Tempranillo and Airén; however, thanks to increased international interest in the other indigenous grapes of the region, they now produce Syrah, Cabernet, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Bobal, Airén, Macabeo, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdejo, and Moscatel.
In your glass, this bright and fresh Macabeo is redolent of yellow fruits and has lovely tropical notes on the nose. The palate presents a fine balance of fruit and acidity, making this a top choice for picnic and patio.
You may remember this wine from a few years back, although it featured a different label. Before Robert joined us as GM here at the shop, he ran his own importing company. This lovely Macabeo was one of the wines I bought from Robert, and we featured it at numerous tastings. It's great to have it back!